Bird walk set on the bay at Bethel Beach

The Northern Neck Audubon Society (NNAS) will conduct a bird walk at 9 a.m. March 11 at Bethel Beach Natural Area Preserve in Mathews County.

Bethel Beach is a sandy, southward pointing spit that separates the eastern side of Winter Harbor from the Chesapeake Bay, reported publicity chairman Maggie Gerdts. From the beach, one can see offshore bay waters, tidal lagoons, salt marsh, shrubby swamp and deeper channels.

Over 185 species of birds have been observed at Bethel Beach, including 25 species of shore birds, said Gerdts. Migration is starting, so possible sightings include scoters, buffleheads, red-breasted mergansers, horned grebes, clapper rails, oystercatchers, osprey, ruddy turnstones and black-bellied plovers.

Bethel Beach is off Bethel Beach Road near Onemo.

For directions go to www.northernneckaudubon.org. Any cancelations will be announced on the website.


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